Wa PTA/SMC Coalition Brainstorms Over Education

WaThe Wa Municipal Parent Teacher Association/School Management Committee (PTA/SMC) Coalition has held an educational development forum to address challenges impeding the delivery of quality basic education in the municipality.

The forum, which brought together key stakeholders including pupils, students, teachers, parents, officials from the Ghana Education Service (GES), municipal assembly, non-governmental organisations and corporate bodies, was among objectives, to identify challenges and find solutions  towards enhancing education in the area.

The stakeholders shared ideas on strategies and ways to sustain the project gains in the 21 communities and suggested solutions, labeled as “community education action plans”, for possible stakeholder buy-ins.

Presentations were made for a thorough discussion of the challenges facing the implementation of the delivery of quality basic education.

Mr. Issahaku Nuhu Putiaha, the Wa Municipal Chief Executive, commended the Coalition for the intiative and unwavering support towards improving quality education delivery in the municipality.

He said it was common knowledge that the good performance of a school was determined largely by all the stakeholders such as parents, pupils, teachers and educational institutions among others and that it was appropriate the Coalition organised the forum for them to brainstorm on the challenges as well as find ways of sustaining the gains made by the Coalition.

Mr. Putiaha said it was disheartening that some parents did not take interest in the performance of their children.

He said as a major stakeholder, the assembly would continue to make strides in the educational sector by providing school infrastructure and logistics for schools and the Municipal Education Oversight Committee , as well as sponsoring needy but brilliant students.

He said despite the gains made, the assembly was still resource constrained, and appealed to all to understand that the Assembly alone could not provide all their needs at the same time, hence, the need for PTA/SMC and community leaders to take self initiatives in order to resolve some of the challenges.

Mr. Abdul-Nayaru Saani, the Presiding Member for the Wa Municipal Assembly, appealed to the Coalition and educational authorities to monitor teachers’ attendance at school as teacher absenteeism was one of the major contributing factors to poor educational performance in the municipality.

Mr. Saaka Bukari, the Chairman of the Wa PTA/SMC Coalition, outlined school land encroachment, elopement of school girls, and students sleeping late due to video and entertainment shows, as some of the community level challenges affecting educational performance. - GNA

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